A MAN sitting in a car on his mobile phone was unaware of a police car pulling up alongside him.

Blackburn magistrates heard when Ben Anthony Swainston realised his situation he raced off but stopped round the corner after having second thoughts.

But he still gave his brother’s details to the officers and only came clean more then 12 hours after his arrest.

Swainston, 35, of Aylesbury Walk, Burnley, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis, failing to stop when requested by an officer, driving other that in accordance with a licence and without insurance and obstructing a police officer.

He was made subject to a community order with 140 hours unpaid work, banned from driving for 16 months and ordered to pay £260 in costs and victim surcharge.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said officers came across a car in Nairne Street, Burnley, and could see the driver was on his mobile phone.

“He was unaware of the police car which pulled alongside him and when the officers activated the blue lights he set off and there was a short chase,” said Mrs Yates.

“When he was stopped a number of bags containing white powder were found and that is still under investigation by the police.”

Mrs Yates said the officers could smell alcohol on Swainston but he refused to provide a breath sample at the police station. He gave his brother’s name and details and it was not until 3pm the following afternoon that he gave his correct details.

Daniel Fraser, defending, said his client had literally driven round the corner from where he was first seen by the police before changing his mind and stopping.